Aiding a fugitive from justice is illegal under both state law and federal law in the United States. In fact, those who are accused of helping a fugitive in any way – whether that involves concealing a person or running away to avoid giving testimony – can face very serious criminal charges.
Those who attempt to escape prosecution can also be charged as fugitives from justice, and can also face serious consequences if they are convicted.
Fugitives from justice who face federal charges are often at risk of being subject to more serious penalties than those who are accused of violating state law. Federal criminal defense attorneys can provide representation to defendants accused of breaking federal laws by trying to evade prosecution or by aiding prisoners in the escape process– but defendants need to make sure their attorney knows the federal laws well and has experience representing clients in federal court to respond appropriately to charges.
LV Criminal Defense can provide the advocacy and advice defendants need when faced with federal charges as a fugitive from justice or for aiding a fugitive. We have represented defendants in Arizona, Utah, California, Oregon, and Nevada who have been charged with federal offenses and we can put our extensive knowledge of the federal penal code to work on your case.
To find out more about the ways in which our firm can help you, give us a call today.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
The federal laws that define criminal conduct related to fugitives from justice are found in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 49. This Chapter of the federal code contains four statutes defining different types of unlawful behavior, establishing the elements of each offense, and imposing penalties. The relevant statutes include:
Whenever you have been charged under any of these statutes, it is important that you know what a prosecutor is required to prove for your specific crime. If a prosecutor does not prove every element of that particular offense, you should be acquitted on the charges that you are facing.
Because there are different penalties for each of the different statutes in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 49, as well as different definitions of each particular offense, it is helpful to make sure you talk with an attorney early on when you have been charged so you can understand the specific details of the crime you have been accused of committing.
Whether you have fled to avoid prosecution or giving testimony, or whether you have been accused of concealing a person from being arrested or concealing a convicted prisoner, you need to understand how the law applies to your situation and you need to understand what your options are for defending yourself against serious federal charges.
LV Criminal Defense is very familiar with laws found in Chapter 49 of the federal penal code and we know how to defend you against serious accusations that you could face if you’re accused of violating this part of federal law.
We can work closely with you to evaluate the evidence, determine if the prosecutor can prove different elements of the offense, and develop and implement a sound legal strategy. To find out more about the ways in which our federal criminal defense firm can help if you live in California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, or surrounding areas, give us a call today.